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Summary of Article

In my private psychiatric practice, I’ve seen that relationships at work are a huge source of stress for many of my patients. From the negative co-worker who believes the world is against him, to the drama queen who feeds off of workplace chaos, to the constant talker who is only concerned with himself and his stories, the work environment is a vibrant playground for social and emotional interactions.

The main cause of energy drain in many people is from their work relationships. For empaths and other highly sensitive people, this can be especially difficult since empaths absorb the stresses and emotions of others directly into their own bodies. Many of these energy sappers can be deleted from your life. But when they can’t be eliminated, it’s important to protect your energy. In this article, I share how to set limits when interacting with energy suckers.


Judith Orloff, MD is a New York Times bestselling author with the upcoming book The Genius of Empathy: Practical Skills to Heal Yourself, Your Relationships and the World (Foreword by the Dalai Lama). She has also written The Empath’s Survival Guide and Thriving as an Empath, which offers daily self-care tools for sensitive people. She integrates the pearls of conventional medicine with cutting edge knowledge of intuition, empathy, energy medicine, and spirituality. Dr. Orloff specializes in treating empaths and highly sensitive people in her private practice and online internationally. Her work has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, Oprah Magazine, the New York Times and USA Today. Dr. Orloff has spoken at Google-LA, TEDx U.S. and TEDx Asia. More information about Dr. Orloff’s Empathy Training Programs for businesses, The Empath Survival Guide Online Course and speaking schedule at

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